To mark the release of her memoir, Michelle Obama joined Oprah Winfrey at Hearst Tower for a wide-ranging discussion. Here, she reflects on her long-awaited return to domestic life.
Millions of people have been wondering how you're doing, how's the transition, and I think there's no better example than the toast story. Can you share the toast story?
Well, I start the preface right at one of the first weeks after we moved into our new home after the transition—our new home in Washington, a couple miles away from the White House. It's a beautiful brick home, and it's the first regular house, with a door and a doorbell, that I have had in about eight years.
And so the toast story is about one of the first nights I was alone there—the kids were out, Malia was on her gap year, I think Barack was traveling, and I was alone for the first time. As first lady, you're not alone much. There are people in the house always, there are men standing guard. There is a house full of swat people, and you can't open your windows or walk outside without causing a fuss.
You can't open a window?
Can't open a window. Sasha actually tried one day—Sasha and Malia both. But then we got the call: "Shut the window."
So here I am in my new home, just me and Bo and Sunny, and I do a simple thing. I go downstairs and open the cabinet in my own kitchen—which you don't do in the White House because there's always somebody there going, "Let me get that. What do you want? What do you need?"—and I made myself toast. Cheese toast. And then I took my toast and I walked out into my backyard. I sat on the stoop, and there were dogs barking in the distance, and I realized Bo and Sunny had really never heard neighbor dogs. They're like, What's that? And I'm like, "Yep, we're in the real world now, fellas."
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